How to Create a Perfect Window View for a Parrot
Blue jays are jerks. Shady jerks that can't be trusted. According to Butters, a particular macaw, blue jays are shady jerks that can't be trusted and are as worthless as turtles that can't think around corners. She's made it clear that I need to get a net and go get these scoundrels out of her backyard trees NOW. They are a fascinating annoyance.
Parrots will identify specific birds in your backyard.
She finds one particular blue jay, we'll call him Dean, totally uncouth. Dean has a very impressive mimic of a whistle I've never heard before Dean. Butters reacts as though it is a direct insult to her lineage.
Her tactic is simple; sit on top of the open door of her cage, lean toward the window with half open wings, pinned eyes, and a wide WIDE open beak while yelling "SNICKERS! BLAH!"
Allow your parrot a front row seat to your local wildlife.
I taught Snickers and Butters "Blah" as a way to let me know when things aren't working for them. Dean is not working for Butters. Snickers keeps raising his head and looking at Butters with every anti-Dean Holler asking "HUH?" Snickers and Butters are starting to act like an old married couple.
Here's a few ways to set up the wildlife stage for your parrot.
- Create a viewing area with perches, tree stands, or their cage itself. Some parrots prefer direct glances, others like to hide behind toys or towels stealing glances.
- Consider the window another dimension for them to visually experience life.
- Place a bird feeder or bird bath in the area central to their viewing window.
- Create a squirrel feeding station within the window's viewing space.
- Leave bright colored objects (dog toys work great) in view randomly. A change of anything creates hours of thinking.
- Attach shower perches to the window itself for closeup consideration. (Taking into account your parrot's propensity to chew on window parts of course.)
- Plant bushes, flowers, small trees and landscaping that change throughout the season. You'll invite new views, and local wildlife.
- If you've the space and time, a pond or bog can become a favorite quickly.
Our Companion Parrots love windows and watching the outside go by as much as humans. Consider window views another avenue you can open for your parrot's mental health and happiness.